Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.
The once-feared rebel with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty.
Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court’s Hague-based headquarters.
ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda’s lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case.